Joey Coulter Extends Top-10 Streak with 10th-Place Finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway9/28/2014
Joey Coulter Extends Top-10 Streak with 10th-Place Finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Joey Coulter and GMS Racing’s No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado team earned their third consecutive top-10 finish with a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s Rhino Linings 350. The Miami Springs, Fla., driver started the race under the lights in “Sin City” in the eighth place. Coulter was running in the ninth position when the first of four caution flags were displayed on Lap 3, and maintained position as the caution flag was displayed, again, on Lap 15. The GMS Racing driver lined up in the 10th position for the restart, but was shuffled back to the 16th position by Lap 20. On Lap 32, the GMS Racing No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet team took advantage of a NASCAR mandated competition caution to visit pit road for two right-side tires and fuel. The 24-year-old driver then began to work his way through the field and on Lap 50 he was racing for the eighth position. The GMS Racing crew serviced the No. 21 machine with four tires and fuel during the caution period on Lap 57, positioning the white and blue machine in the eighth spot for the ensuing restart. Coulter remained in the top 10 as the handling of his Chevrolet Silverado transitioned from tight to loose while the field began green-flag pit stops. Coulter would assume the lead on Lap 109. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz called Coulter to pit road under green-flag conditions on Lap 110 for their last stop of the night for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. As the run progressed, Coulter was able to regain momentum as he battled through traffic and crossed the finish line in the 10th position to earn his ninth top-10 finish of the season. He is now fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver championship point standings.
Start – 8 Finish – 10 Laps Led – 1
Joey Coulter Quote:
“Even though most of our GMS Racing team is a little disappointed with our finish, I am really happy with the entire week in Las Vegas. Getting to spend time with the Allegiant Travel employees was a blast and seeing most of them at the race also was a big deal for everyone on the No. 21 and No. 23 Allegiant Travel teams.
“As far as the race, we had a descent night. I wish there could have been a win for Allegiant Travel in their backyard, but a top 10 will work. Another positive is that we moved up a spot in the driver championship points, which puts us fifth now. I want to thank everyone at Allegiant Travel, again, for their support this weekend and I hope that they all enjoyed it as much as I did.”